I bumped into Steve, G0MTD today and we’re going to move the talk on the DXpedition because of his work commitments. It’ll be in the new year now.
It is with great trepidation Workington & District Amateur Radio Club move into YouTube videos. There are some tasters from DXpeditions put up on our channel which is available here.
These video’s were meant a reminders of DXpeditions and feature club members and their youthful features. Please feel free to browse and more will be uploaded in due course
This years AGM has taken place and it shows the club making progress in a number of areas. Firstly the successful SOS Radio week and latterly the RAF Bomber Command event showed our continued presence on the air with special event stations.
Recently the EJ0M DXpedition returned from a windy but picturesque west of Ireland and whilst there were challenges, as always, the team showed their mettle by working a significant number of stations across the bands to further reinforce our position as one of the key stations to work each year. A full run down will follow in due course.
An area we’ve dipped into, courtesy of Andrew, G4VFL, is VHF contesting. Throughout the year there has been a consistent number of club members on the air each week to bring Workington into the limelight. We have made a massive step forward with the success in the VHF Field Day and hope to build on that in more events for next year.
The club website has undergone a complete rebuild and this work is ongoing to bring a more social aspect to the site. Hopefully this will take off and be a useful hub for local activity.
Early indications are that the club managed a creditable 3rd in section for the National Field Day Contest
1st in Section for 70Mhz
2nd in Section for 50Mhz
2nd in Section for 144Mhz
A full report will be drawn up and any learning put forward for next year
A few of us have dabbled in the UKAC series run by the RSGB this year. Andrew, G4VFL leads the pack both in terms of experience and points. But a few others have dipped their toes in what is a very relaxed evening series. So far the club is holding its own at 28th place out of a little over 90 entrants. the full tables are here and show how far we’ve come in a few short months. Most of the points come from portable operations with the Corney fell site looking like the most accessible and profitable in terms of points.
Hopefully as the weather gets better IO84 will get busier and the contest bug will bite as well as increasing local activity on the vhf bands outside of the contests
A quick report from the first day of operation at GB2LBC, the Workington Lifeboat Station (one of the four Lifeboat Stations on the air in West Cumbria).
Operations today focussed largely on 40m and 17m with 40m proving a bit busy in the morning and evening due to a contest. Despite this some good contacts have been made with 40m largely open inter G and 17m giving some good paths to the west, especially to the west coast of the USA. DX highlights include Australia (3rd call in the log on 17m) , Venezuela and the western states including California.
Over all we worked just shy of 200 contacts at a relaxed pace and had a thouroughly enjoyable day.
Antennas in use were the inverted V doublet for the lower HF bands and a 5/8 wave vertical for 17m located on the beach. Radio eqipment was a Yaesu FT847 and an Elecraft K3 with the matching KPA500 amplifier. We seem to have the interaction problems beat as both stations were able to operate without any mutual interference.
Below you can see the wonderful crew room that the lifeboat station kindly let us use and some pics of the operators and a final one of the lifeboat itself:
MX0WRC we OK all once again be taking part in the upcoming SOS Radio week. This year we’re keeping things the same as last year by setting up 3 stations along the coast of Cumbria.
GB1LBC – Silloth lifeboat station. Norman, G7MRL is leading this station.
GB2LBC – Workington lifeboat station. Peter, G8RZ is the main operator here, and without a doubt the most comfortable.
GB4LBC – St Bees lifeboat station. Alex, G7KSE is the point of contact there and very close to home and the beach cafe.
Finally the Furness and district club will be operating GB5LBC from Barrow in Furness.
Operating times vary between the stations but hopefully we will all make as many contacts and money for such a worthy cause. All we ask is that you give us a call and we look forward to working you.
It may have escaped you but the RSGB enters its centenary year next year and one way of marking this event is a special event station that will travel the country, hosted by clubs and societies around the country. Region 3 is the first area to be hosting this event and we will be supporting this special occasion by hosting Gx100RSGB on the 5th, 6th and 7th January from the Workington lifeboat station.
The RSGB has further information on its web site, including the award which will go with the event.
Widnes and Runcorn ARC have the honour of starting off this unique relay and Workington will be handed the ‘baton’ by Oldham ARS and we will pass it onto South Cheshire ARS on the 8th January. It is planned that the relay will continue on for the remainder of the year as it passes though the various regions with the calendar below ( taken from the RSGB). Further details of which clubs are on air can be found here. I hope we can work as many stations a possible over our allotted time and look forward to hearing you on the bands.
1st Jan – 28th Jan – NW England & Isle of Man
29th Jan – 25th Feb – North Scotland
26th Feb – 25th Mar – NE England
26th Mar – 22nd Apr – SW England
23rd Apr – 20th May – S & SE England & Channel Islands
21st May – 17th Jun – South Wales
19th Jun – 15th Jul – London & Thames Valley
16th Jul – 12th Aug – East of England & East Anglia
13th Aug – 9th Sep – North Wales
10th Sep – 7th Oct – East Midlands
8th Oct – 4th Nov – West Midlands
5th Nov – 2nd Dec – South Scotland
3rd Dec – 31st Dec – Northern Ireland
Last nights meeting was slightly usual in as much as we had a very welcome visitor Paul, VE3HTF, who made the long trip from Ontario to Workington for the club meeting and chance to get in contact with the DXpedition from the club shack. A long way to travel Paul but next time it might be easier to use your rig!
Its not often we get to show off our shack at the museum and although its still in a semi completed state I’m sure that we’re in a better position than many other clubs.
Visitors are always welcome so if you’re passing on or near a club meeting then please pop in and say hello. I can’t promise a noisy contact with a DXpedition every time but we can certainly make you a cup of tea.
It is with real sadness that we report that Adam, 2E0RCE is a sk. Adam passed away quite unexpectedly and our thoughts are with his family.